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Today's News

  • Ocean Isle missionary group makes a difference worldwide

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Divine Faith Missions, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization based out of Ocean Isle Beach, will contribute time and money to three missionary organizations this year—Samaritans International, Songs of Joy Children’s Home and Flute Maker Ministries.

    Dane Neves, founder of Divine Faith Missions, has been participating in missionary work for more than 12 years, but saw a disconnect when it came to knowing exactly what to send to certain areas of the world.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Loblolly Lane in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole an antique table and chairs, a TV antenna, a water pump, two ladders, rakes, shovels, copper tubing, fence fitting and a bush trimmer.

    •Larceny on Makatoka Road in Supply; suspect removed box from victim’s home.

  • Community policing roundup

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies issued the following citations and made the following arrests last weekend through its community policing program.

    The sheriff’s office community policing program targets areas within the county with high crime and drug activity through increased patrols.

    Areas targeted last week include Turkey Trap Road, Supply; the Longwood area, Sunset Harbor Road; McMilly Road, Shallotte; and Dutchman Acres near Southport.

    The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from citations and arrest reports, are:

  • Leland Crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny on Garden Club Way; suspect damaged shrubs in victim’s front yard.

    •Roman Taylor Patrick, 21, of 6363 South Elwell Ferry Road, Council; charged with driving while impaired on Village Road. The owner of the vehicle Patrick was driving, Brenda Autum Nance, 20, of 543 North Green Swamp, Bolton, was charged with aid and abet driving while impaired.

  • Sunset Beach crime report

    Sunset Beach police responded to the following incidents:

    •Titan Owen Hudson Jr. of Chatham, Va., was arrested and charged June 23 for not having a commercial driver’s license.

    •Police on June 22 recovered a license plate reported stolen May 27. Charges are pending.

    •Police investigated a breaking and entering reported June 21 on East Main Street.

  • Ocean Isle Beach police report

    Ocean Isle Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Kevin Charles O’Connell, 19, of Cary; arrested for being less than 19 years old and possessing a malt beverage.

    •Kevin James Pelttam, 19, of Cary; arrested for being less than 19 years old and possessing a malt beverage.

    •Mouad Zoubairi, 19, of Cary; arrested for being less than 19 years old and possessing a malt beverage.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office reports, are:

  • Holden Beach Commissioners pass $13 million budget without tax increase

    Holden Beach Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a $13,001,205 budget for the next fiscal year at their meeting Tuesday night in the Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall.

    The budget has no tax increase, but the water rate goes up 20 cents per 1,000 gallons.

    Commissioner Gary Staley cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he was glad residents won’t face a tax increase but he still thought things could have been cut from the budget.

  • Budget increased; takes over fire department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners approved the budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year Tuesday.

    The $11,932,798 budget includes a 1-cent increase to 9 cents per $100 of valuation.

    Earlier this month, Mayor Debbie Smith said the town did not want to propose a tax increase, but with increased costs and budget shortfalls facing the town, there was no other option.

    One of the new costs facing the town is the takeover of the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Protection Association, effective July 1. The town will assume a $198,000 deficit when it takes over the department.

  • NO PARKING: Parking at OIB boat ramp costs man $170

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ray Blanchette knows he did the wrong thing when he parked his car in the off-limits Intracoastal Waterway boat ramp parking lot one recent Saturday night.

    The Sunset Beach retiree knows it for a fact, because state wildlife officer Charles Hinson handed him a ticket imposing a $50 fine, plus $120 court costs.

    Blanchette said he parked in the off-limits lot for about 30 minutes while he walked over to the nearby Ocean Isle Fishing Center to check on tournament results. When he returned to his car around 8:30 p.m., Hinson gave him a citation.